COVID-19 outbreak forces Okinawa to shut down operations

Okinawa Autotech has announced that it will be stopping its manufacturing operations as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 pandemic. The shut down of the operations will continue until further notice and the restart will depend on the government’s stance on the prevailing situation.

The company has already asked their office-based personnel to work from home and has announced that all the workers will be put on paid leave.

It is still unclear how the shutdown will affect Okinawa’s launch plans this year. Okinawa, a startup with over 60,000 customers, was expected to launch its first electric motorcycle, the Oki 100 in the first quarter of FY 2020 (April – June 2020). The Oki 100 is expected to have a top speed of 100 km/h and a range of 150 km per charge. The motorcycle is powered by a 72V 63 Ah swappable Lithium-ion battery that supports fast charging and can be charged in two hours.

Okinawa was also planning to launch the Cruiser electric maxi-scooter in the July to September 2020 period. Okinawa displayed the Cruiser at the Auto Expo 2020 and it is pegged to be one of the fastest electric scooters in the market with a top speed of 100 km/h. The Cruiser gets a 4 kWh battery that offers a range of 120 km, is detachable and can be charged within two to three hours. The Cruiser closely resembles a product from Chinese EV company Luyuan.

Earlier, Okinawa said that it will be updating its range of two-wheelers with minor design and feature upgrades. Jeetender Sharma, Founder & Managing Director at Okinawa Autotech, has confirmed that the scooters will be updated in both software and hardware.

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